To the Congregations in the Province affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria: My dear friends in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of Our Lord.

The prayers and thoughts of Anglicans in our Province and beyond are with you as you assess the hurricane damage in your diocese and country, and begin the daunting task of putting your lives back together.

The Church in the Province of the West Indies stands solidly behind you as you begin the difficult climb back to normality. We understand the pain and the frustration that this experience can produce. But, the grace of God will always be enough to see us through.

We will ask each diocese in the Province to take a special collection that will be a contribution to the reconstruction efforts in the affected dioceses.

Every so often, nature reminds us of how fragile we are when faced with its awesome power. We must not forget however, that the greatest power is in the hands of God and he can sustain and comfort us in the most difficult times in life.

We remember those who lost their lives in the hurricanes and pray that they may rest in peace. We thank God for all those whose lives were spared.

We also thank him for those who work to minimise the damage caused by hurricanes. May he strengthen and guide them during this hurricane season.

At this time we pray earnestly in the words of Intercession C in our Prayer Book
    For the deliverance from the ravages of hurricanes,
    earthquake, drought or flood, and for a proper use of God's
Let us continue to pray for God's support and guidance in these difficult times.

The Most Rev'd Dr. John Holder,
Bishop of Barbados, Archbishop of the West Indies